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Halifax Authorities Break Up Dogfighting Ring

Posted January 9, 2004

— Deputies in Halifax County have cracked a dogfighting ring.

Authorities showed off on Friday some of the evidence allegedly used in the dogfighting ring. They said treadmills were modified to train pit bulls. Other devices called breaking sticks were allegedly used to open the dogs' jaws to break up a fight.

"Our county is one of the biggest counties for this type of activity," said Robert Richardson, who is in charge of Halifax County's animal control enforcement.

Michael Lynch, of Hollister, has been charged with a number of crimes, including dogfighting. Officers have the pit bulls secured in a remote area of the county.

Richardson said he knows there are other rings operating in the area. He said finding them usually takes a tip from someone who notices something suspicious.

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